Monday, March 19, 2012

The Lovely and Amazing Jennifer Paganelli

Meet my pal, Jennifer.  We have a mutual admiration society which spans the continent.  She's an East Coaster, and I'm on the West Coast.  But, I swear, we were separated at birth!  I first "met" Jen via an article in Country Living several years ago, and have been watching her do her magical, colorful, and very groovy thing ever since.  She loves color, she loves vintage, and she's got a furry white fluffball of a dog.  Hello?  Did I say we might have been separated at birth?

I finally had the chance to meet Jennifer in 2007 at an event we were both attending.  I was a total stalker, and stopped her outside the ladies loo of the venue where the event was held.  Yep, I really did.  I introduced myself, and I'm not sure what all I said, but I'm sure it was something along the lines of:  omigodyou'rejenniferpaganelliiloveandadoreyouwillyoubemyfriend!!!!!!??????

We've been friends ever since.  So, without further ado, heeeeeeeeerrrrrreeee's Jen!


Tammy: What are you most artistically gifted with, and what skills would you like to acquire?
Jennifer: I have an innate sense of wonder that is truly an amazing gift.  I love creating.  I love creating something that moves someone's soul.  I think that is a gift.  As far as skills - always learning new things, and to remain teachable.  I love learning and there is so much I can learn in design.  I'd love to be a fashion designer one day.
Tammy: A fashion designer!  I love it!  I'd put on anything you cared to whip up - as long as it was in your fabric.  Naturally.


Tammy: If you had magic powers, what three things would you make come true?
Jennifer: Great question.  If I had magical powers it would be for more of us to be comfortable with ourselves; to know that we are capable of participating, and that we don't drown ourselves in negativity.

Peace.  I'd make all religions of the world come together for one day to heal, to get perspective on others points of view, and to be okay with peoples choices.

Finally, to understand that riches and external signs of wealth do not make someone wealthy, but spiritual grounding is where true source of contentment is found.
Tammy: Great answers, Jen.  You've got such a global perspective, yet on such a personal level.  One of the many things I love about you.


Tammy: What art supplies could you not live without?
Jennifer: The computer, my journals.
Tammy:  I hear you on the journals, girlfriend, but some days I could throw my computer out the window.  


Tammy: What do you do to unblock a creative block?
Jennifer: I hand sew. I am known for sequins and felt. I love the cold months when hand sewing is a way of life.  I sew and dream at the same time.  It lifts me out of any artists block.
Tammy: Same, same.  Me too, my sister from another mister.


Tammy: Where do you look for inspiration?
Jennifer: I look for inspiration all around me, but mostly in vintage items.  I also look to the design houses making beautiful fabric.  I love online magazines and fashion magazines..love it all.  Other artists on Flickr and Pinterest also get my mojo stirred!!  I also reach back quite a bit to the 70's but you already knew that.
Tammy: I did, indeed.  Great era, by the way.


Tammy: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Jennifer: My greatest achievement is writing two books for Chronicle Books: Girls World, introduced last year May, and Happy Home coming out this May.
Tammy:  Girls World is such a lovely book.  And I can hardly wait for Happy Home to come out.  I was so tickled when you asked me to contribute.  Tickled and honored and surprised beyond imagination. A million thank-yous!


Tammy: Besides family, friends, home, and health, what is your most treasured possession?
Jennifer: That would be George, Head of Customer Service.  He's always there for me!!!  (He's my labradoodle, btw.)
Tammy: Kip wants to know if George can come over for a play date.

Tammy: If art were to disappear from the planet (heaven forbid!), and there were no more Copic markers, embroidery floss, or Photoshop, what would you do with your time?  Are you a closet gardener?  Aspiring presidential candidate?
Jennifer: As far as other hobbies, I would try to read more.  I love reading, but am always exhausted.  I think reading is good for one's soul!!
Tammy:  When you're ready, let me know.  I'll email you my favorite titles.


Tammy: If you could be any artist (living...or not) for a day, who would it be, and why?
Jennifer: I would love to be Joss Stone or Lauren Hill.  I'd love to sing for just one day, and say to the audience..."I got this"!!!
Tammy: A closet songstress!  I love it!  I'd sing back-up to you any day.  Just tell me and I'm there!


I hope you enjoyed getting to know Jennifer.  Thanks so much for popping in.  As promised, we're giving away a little package of Sis Boom fabulous-ness.  A bundle of Sis Boom fat quarters (there's a baker's dozen in there!) and my Four Square quilt pattern that I designed exclusively for Sis Boom fabrics.  Times two!  Two big winners will one of these little packages!  Yippee!


Just leave a comment, and two winners will be randomly selected from those comments.  Good luck!!


Be sure to visit Jennifer over in the magical land of Sis Boom.  Also, you can pre-order her new book, Happy Home (I have a project in there - so fun!), coming out on May 1st. You can pre-order your copy by clicking the book image on my left sidebar.  Thanks, Jen, for being the first of my famous people interviews.  xxoo

97 comments:

karen fortner said...

Promise to make something pretty if I win!

Myrinda said...

oooh, and I just did a quilt for DD's school...now I'm ready to be serious! LOVE Jennifer P!

Shannon hudson said...

What a neat way to get to know someone! Thank you so much for sharing and how exciting to have such a neat give away! One can dream, right!?!

~ Shannon - hudsonsinaf@hotmail.com

slfranks4 said...

That was a great interview. Such a fun and creative set of questions. Loving Sis Boom!

jane said...

I can't afford to buy any fabric and would love to try making a quilt from Jennifer's beautiful range x

Meredith Klobucnik said...

I just got a sewing machine and would LOVE to work with these fabrics. Meredith K mere@jklobo.com

Jennifer Fraunfelder said...

What an awesome giveaway. I love all things Sis Boom. And can't wait for Happy Home to be ready to ship. I have my copy preordered. Thanks for a great giveaway.
JenniferDannielle@comcast.net

Mumma Shirl said...

Loved the interview would love to win the fat quarters.
Shirley gluey27@hotmail.com

Kim said...

Oh please, please, please let it be me!!!!!! Those are beautiful and Jennifer is the BOMB!!!!!

Jane Skoch said...

It's so nice to get to know Jennifer a little better! I love her fabric - just bought me a bunch for a beach blanket! But I'd love more! Thank you!

Shannon D. said...

Such a fun interview! I'm a mutual lover of Sis Boom and having spoken to Jen as well I can echo your enthusiasm around her!

Goosegirl said...

Oo ooh! Great interview! I love love love Jennifer's books and fabrics! Everything she designs is beautiful! Thank you for the chance to win!

Terry Grahl said...

Enchanted Makeovers would love to use these yummy fabrics in our next shelter makeover. Many Blessings Terry ox. enchantedmakeovers@comcast.net

Lisa McDonald said...

It was fun getting to know Jennifer better.

I just love Sis Boom fabrics!

Lisa
lmcdonald2986@comcast.net

Ingrid Levy said...

Love sis boom...makes everyone happy!

Josh and Kristi said...

One blue eyed blondie....about 4 years old. One blonde lil curly cue... Almost 3..... A proud mama....... Yes, we would all three wear this well. Don't forget the cut lil 1 year old and proud papa that thankfully not be wearing it!

Kim said...

I love Jennifer's fabric and blog!

Kim
kimhutchinson81@gmail.com

Melissa said...

I really like the Q & A getting-to-know- -Jennifer:) thanks for the opportunity to win some of her fabulous prints!!!

Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

What a lovely interview of a lovely woman!

Rocker Baby Nation said...

OMG, I would love to win , Fingers crossed

Wise Owl Designs said...

Oh my I would love to win. I could make so many pretty things for my girls!

wiseowldesignsinc at gmail dot com

Liz said...

I really enjoyed the interview and can't wait to read many more to come. I have recently gotten back into sewing and would love to make a quilt with the beautiful Sis Boom fabrics. Thanks! Lizjobson@att.net

marshkitty said...

These are so pretty! Would love to create something cool with them.

Little Peeps Design said...

Wooo Hooo!! Who wants to win this FANTASTIC fabric? I DO!
Thanks for the good read :)
apalmer816@gmail.com

Daydreams and Dragonflies said...

So many ideas!!! I have made the bodice forms before. How fun would it be to make them out of the give away fabric! Yummy!

Cheryl said...

What an amazing raffle. I see Tea travel packets and little bags with all those yummy fabrics!

Starlit Nest Gifts & Photo Props said...

Jennifer is one of my all time favorite designers. I LOVE all of her collections!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading the interview and hearing about the friendship between the pups. I'm a dog lover so I understand that bond! Thank you for the chance to win such beautiful fabrics.
Christy

Mossalyn@yahoo.com

Carrie said...

Oh, how fun!! I'm always up for a fabric giveaway and love this one. Thanks for sharing the great interview!

Laurie sauve said...

What a great giveaway. Would love to play with these fabrics and make some pretties for my girls

Sonya said...

Beautiful fabrics! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

treasurescreated said...

I'd love to win. Finally make something for me....:)

Heather- Extra Frosting Please said...

Jennifer and her fabrics are so delightful!

Anonymous said...

LOVE those vivid colors! thanks for the chance!! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Fabulous Fabric. Always puts me in a great mood

B Greene said...

What a great interview! I feel like I was eavesdropping in a coffee shop :-) Thanks for the chance to win some yummy fabrics and the beautiful pattern!!

kimmie's quilt's said...

I just love this fabric I would really love to make a quilt with it, please let me win, with sugar on top!!! :o)

Kathleen said...

Thanks for the awesome give away. Love reading about Jennifer.

ShirleyC said...

I love anything Jennifer does! I love Girl's World, and I can't wait until the new book comes out. Thanks for a chance to win this fabric. I love it all!

conleelee said...

That was a fun & inspiring read. Love the cheery pics too-So very needed here in cold dark rain/snow/hail/windy Seattle! Makes me want to create as if spring were here! I would love to win-that would make my winter day!

Candy Mak said...

Jennifer designs some really to die for fabrics. I love her creations.

candy_mak at hotmail dot com

Candy Mak said...

Jennifer designs some really to die for fabrics. I love her creations.

candy_mak at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Love the fabric and I love the hexies, so neat. Great read, great blog.
Thank you!!!
bellesmommy10@yahoo.com

kate said...

Would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during that conversation! Would love to win this, oh the things I could create...

kate@whalespout.com.au

Carolyn said...

BEAUTIFUL fabrics! I just KNOW they want to come live with me. Oh yes they do! Love me some Jennifer P, too! Thank you for the chance. I can definitely see something purdy made out of these lovelies! I so enjoyed the interview. :0)

Adina said...

Absolutely beautiful and so inspiring! So many things to create! Love, love, love.....

Adina
Deenzie5@gmail.com

neubiewaters said...

I'd make another all-Paganelli fabric quilt...love them!

Lori said...

Great interview, beautiful fabrics. Lots of ideas of how I could use those fabulous fat quarters swimming through my head right now :)

Sweet Baby Jamie said...

Such a fun interview..I love Jennifer! She is so talented, but mostly such a lovely person.

Andrian said...

Love Jennifer's beautiful fabric!!!

java diva said...

What a fun interview! I can't wait to get her Happy Home book!

Michelle said...

Oh love your interview!!! Such Pretty fabrics!! We would be over the mooon! Pick us! :) Love Jennifer P!

Teah said...

Love both of your happy colors!

Lynn said...

Pick me please. I recently found JP and bought the book!

SewCal Gal said...

Thank you for the introduction to Jennifer.

Beautiful fabric giveaway. Of course, I'm recently having fun with hexies and I think this fabric bundle would make for a great hexie quilt.....or maybe there is enough for a jacket. Either way, whomever wins will surely create something beautiful with it.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Samah said...

It is wonderful to hear where designers found their inspiration . Every designer find their's in unexpected places. I truly use the hand sewing or embroidery to unblock a creative block it totally works.

Stephanie C. said...

Her fabrics are incredibly beautiful; would love the chance to make something out of some!

Stephanie said...

Thank you so much for such a great interview! It is so nice to get to know designers and this is such a personal way! Love that wonderful, bright fabric! Thank you for the chance to win it! Can't wait to see your project in her book!
Stephanie Hicks
SeaStephs Creations www.seastephscreations.blogspot.com
Scrappinscout451@yahoo.com

Lexie said...

Thank you for all the pics! Fantastic interview!

Bella Brooke said...

Love!!!! Great blog post! Would la la love to win!

Jennyroo said...

Awwwww, that's a pretty sweet prize! Keeping my fingers and toes crossed!

Cheryl said...

Congrats on your project in the new "Happy Home". I'm so looking forward to the book!

Kirsty Griffiths said...

What a great interview. I just got Girl's World and I LOVE it. My little girl just today requested that I make her one of the doggies! Can't wait for the new one in May!! K x

Kristen said...

Loved reading the interview. I can't wait to get the book and dive in reading and getting inspired.

Thanks for a chance.

ainslieb said...

My fingers are itching to play with that great fabric! Lovely, lovely interview transcript too!
Ainslie

Rineke said...

Oh, I'm so in love with this fabric, thank you for the chance!

Tyler said...

thank you for sharing this interview...I'm a fan of her fabrics...and would love the chance to sew something with that collection!

-tyler

Anonymous said...

What a blessing you two ladies are!!! Love that you bring a bit of joy with every creation...Loving the colours...
Love diddlesthecat@hotmail.com

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Wonderful interview! I'm crazy about Jennifer's fabric lines! Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity:)

Kristy said...

Lovely interview! Jennifer is just wonderful!
Thanks for all of the colorful inspiration and the lovely giveaway too! :)

Anonymous said...

I have just learned to sew a year ago, and I am in love. Would love to sew something with this amazing and beautiful fabric!!! :)

Dana Lynne said...

ohmygoodness!!!!!! thank you for such a fun interview - one that definitely explains the wonder and beauty of my favorite fabric designer!!! LOVELOVELOVE!!!!! I know I would've totally been the same way if I had seen Jennifer P outside of the restroom! Can't wait for her book and to see your project in it! :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway, have a fantastic week!!!!

Jeanine said...

Am I too late to leave a comment? I am also a fan of her fabrics. You can never be in a bad mood while sewing with it!!! Thanks!

Suzanne ~ Italian Girl in Georgia said...

You are funny!

I met Jennifer at the Country Living Fair in Atlanta last year and purchased piles of her colourful fabrics ~ just because they were pretty! Oh, and she was fabulous to talk to too...

Great article and fun blog. I'll be back again soon.

Ciao,
Suzanne

Sara said...

You and Jennifer are both amazing!! Thanks for the great interview and give away.
;)

Chrissy said...

Oh I would LOVE to have some of this gorgeous fabric! I've also added another amazing creator onto my blog watch list so that is a the best news!

the mrs said...

I have loved Jennifer Paganelli's fabric ever since I stumbled across Casey Scroll. Thanks for posting the interview and for a chance to win some of the yummiest fabric on the planet.

Joan and Kevin said...

Thank you for the giveaway!
I love her fabric too!

Robin said...

Absolutely Beautiful!!!

I hope I win.... Im already onto some ideas about what I could do with it.. :)

Robin W.
downhome_primitives@yahoo.com

Tarrah said...

i have Girl's World and some of JP's fabrics from last year. Would love to get a hold of a new stash!

tarrahmeyering at gmail dot com

Rosemary P. said...

Bright and happy just like the rebirth of spring in my yard. Lovely!

Rachaeldaisy said...

I'm a huge fan of Jennifer Paganelli!! Her fabrics are so colourful, inspiring and fun! Just imagine if she became a fashion designer, wow! This has been such a fun interview!

Katherine said...

Love all of Jennifer's fabrics and can't wait for my copy Happy Home to arrive in my mailbox!

jan said...

Thanks for a chance to win some of this fun fabric. You are both great artists.

fenna said...

ooo Would love to win this fabric!!! Thanks for a chance :)

shelley said...

we used to have a local quilt shop that carried this fabric but they have closed. I miss it

Bebe said...

Pretty pretty! Can never have enough fabric! Y'all are talented!

Anonymous said...

I wish I had a tenth of the talent you two have! Beautiful fabrics!
jonibandersen@netscape.net

sweeter than cupcakes said...

I love all things Sis Boom.

rderrett said...

I love Jen's fabric and adore Mr Customer Service, George (as she well knows).

I'd be busy making quilts with any SisBoom fabric as it never fails to make me smile and feel happy when I see it.

Thanks for the chance

Lee said...

I love Sis Boom and thanks for the great interview and giveaway!

Kathy in GA said...

Thanks for the great interview and the chance to win the fat quarters! I would love to step outside my box with them!

Emilie Proctor said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway!
jeepers133@gmail.com

linny said...

Great interview, really enjoyed reading it. Thanks for a chance to win the fat quarters.
lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

Helen said...

Great interview, and great giveaway! I love the dog photos, I have two white fluffballs too!
zipper_hmm@hotmail.com

Cindy Sews said...

Loved the interview! I love the fabric, too!

Anonymous said...

auntiecrafty@yahoo.com

I love Jennifer's colorful, feminine fabrics, and I am looking forward to her new book!